Before you commit to a new project or obligation, be sure you can fulfill it. If you really aren’t certain, then say so. It’s better to simply disappoint someone now than show up empty-handed on the day of your big promise. If, despite your best effort, you think you’ll miss a deadline or milestone, then contact the other person and explain what has happened. We’ve all been in similar situations and again: disappointment is a lot different than “I can’ trust you.”
5 Ways To Become Reliable
1. Before you agree to a new obligation, check that you have enough time–then keep your promise.
2. Say “no” to demands that may stretch you past your capacity. This means being honest with yourself, about yourself, first.
3. Be honest and realistic about the scope of work and related deadlines.
4. Quickly alert people when you know there will be a delay.
5. Meet deadlines and create trust.
Speaking of reliablity: How about a reliable source for those of you who are thinking about a business start-up?
My online friend and serial entrepreneur, GL Hoffman, has written a small book called Startup: 100 Tips To Get Your Business Going. There are over 100 short paragraph answers in the book, such as:
Should you jump in and save every sales situation? Number 59. This
answer makes you a leader.
happening? Number 39.
people join your new company? Number 38.
work over-rated? Number 6.
startup extra hard? Number 7.
energy-creator? Number 96.
to worry like you are worrying. Number 82.
guy” could be doing more harm than good. Number 66.
you shouldn’t trust those who say they can help you raise money. Number
developing badly? Number 54.
right in a startup? Number 47.
12. On the priority list for a
startup, where does SALES rank? Number 30.
13. What one
thing can you do to motivate yourself? Number 23.
How to get it?
Shoot me an email or leave a comment with your email address (it will be hidden but available to me) and I will send it along to GL. He’s doing it this way to keep the cost down ($9.95 + $2 shipping). Darned good deal from a guy who has started and sold a lifetime-worth of companies.